I was invited in November 2015, to take a photo at Auchinraith Primary School, something interesting from days gone by, now in the playground.
Two of the 4 sandstone blocks, once saying “Blantyre Parish School Board” on the front of the former school, were salvaged in 2010 and are now used as a benches for the children of the new school.
It looks in good condition, the Blantyre block being in prominent position across from the Police Station, the other block behind this and nearby. Like saving the bell, it’s good to see at least a nod was given to the location of the previous school, which was attended by so many people over the years, since opening in 1912. Calder Street School was demolished in Summer 2010, with the new school (Auchinraith Primary) constructed later that year and into the next. Thank you to the staff for the invite for this photo.
P.s Andra McAnulty had put forward a proposal to use concrete blocks or the like to build the school, to save money, but was outvoted. The design of Calder Street School was the product of an Architects competition in 1909. Eight architects asked to design to a budget of £10,000 (an impressive £1million in todays money). The winner was announced on Christmas Eve 1909. Construction started in 1910 using red sandstone obtained from Corncockle Quarry in Dumfriesshire. The school was completed and opened in 1912.
Source of Quarry information: Gordon Cook. (thanks!)
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The design of Calder Street School was the product of an Architects competition in 1909. Eight architects were asked to design to a budget of £10,000 (an impressive £1million in todays money). The winner was announced on Christmas Eve 1909.
Construction started in 1910 using red sandstone obtained NOT locally, as you may have read elsewhere, but from Corncockle Quarry hauled in all the way from Dumfriesshire. The school was completed and officially opened in 1912.
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Ah, Calder Street in the late ’60’s. Remember Mr. McMillan ( Science teacher ). Gave me 98 out of 100 in a science exam… then 3 of the belt, because my handwriting hadn’t improved since last test ! Made me the man I am..bitter with sore hands!!
I remember all the teachers principally wee Lizzie Byres. As well as science she took us up Ben Lomond. Also Mr Bradford, Miss Davidson and others. I was there from 1961-1864. My name was Agnes Mackie